The File Explorer on Windows is, undoubtedly, one of the most valuable features on a PC and it gets better with every new version of the Windows OS. A drawback, however, with Windows 11, was the omission of Toolbar and as a result of that, pinning files and folders to the Taskbar isn’t as easy as it used to be. Windows 11 Taskbar has the File Explorer icon pinned by default. If you have unpinned it accidentally, then in this article, we will show you how you can pin File Explorer to the Taskbar in Windows 11.
Pin File Explorer to Taskbar in Windows 11
The new Taskbar has more intuitive app icons and has made it easier to pin apps onto it. The process for pinning File Explorer is the same as it is for any other app on Windows 11. Below are the steps you need to follow:
- Open File Explorer on your PC by using Search
- Once you have it running, you’ll find the File Explorer icon to be temporarily present on the Taskbar
- Right-click on the Taskbar icon and further click on ‘Pin to Taskbar’
That’s all you have to do to permanently base your File Explorer icon on the Windows 11 Taskbar. You can further find your most frequently searched files in File Explorer by right-clicking the File Explorer tile and searching the Frequent section.
Doing so would allow you to readily access File Explorer, but there’s an alternative to that. You can get your hands on File Explorer quickly without pinning it on the Taskbar by clicking on the Start Menu icon and spotting the File Explorer icon. You may have to scroll down a bit, but the icons present in the Start Menu can always be rearranged.
Can’t pin File Explorer to Taskbar in Windows 11
A common issue with pinning app icons on the Taskbar is the Taskbar freezing or becoming unresponsive. An unresponsive Taskbar means that app icons cannot be pinned on the Taskbar, including File Explorer. There are several solutions for this issue, including restarting the File Explorer, running an SFC scan, or performing a System Restore. In this article, we discuss in detail all possible solutions and why you may not be able to pin items to the Taskbar, depending on what has caused the issue.
How do I show all open files in taskbar Windows 11?
If you want a quick view of all the windows and apps currently running in your PC’s background, you can easily do that on Windows 11. There are two ways to do this; one is through the Task View icon present on the Taskbar, and also by pressing the “Alt + Tab” key combination, you can get a quick view of all the running apps on your computer.
How do I pin a File Explorer folder to the taskbar?
As of now, it is not possible to pin a folder to the Taskbar if you are using Windows 11. However, if you use Windows 10, you can use the old method to pin any File Explorer folder to the Taskbar. That said, you can click on the folder, hold it, and drag it to the Taskbar.
We hope that this article was of help to you.